Jordan Stevenson, a 5-foot-8, 185-pound running back from Dallas South Oak Cliff, has long been considered a Texas lean. And on Sunday, after attending Texas's 36-20 win over Oklahoma, Stevenson elected to shut it down, choosing the Longhorns over offers from Arkansas and others.
It's somewhat fitting that Stevenson picked the Longhorns so quickly after a strong performance from Daje Johnson that included a game-changing 85-yard punt return for a touchdown, because Stevenson could be the closest thing the Longhorns have landed to Johnson. Like Johnson, Stevenson is a tougher-than-expected runner because of his thickness in his lower half. And like Johnson, Stevenson comes readily equipped with blazing speed.
Johnson drew a lot of attention after running a 4.34-second electronic 40-yard dash at The Opening prior to his senior year. Stevenson might be even faster at that point ... he ran a 4.37 electronic 40 at the Dallas NFTC prior to his junior season.
He's a deadly return man and appears to have soft hands, though most of his involvement in the passing game at South Oak Cliff seems to come through the screen game.
The 2015 in-state class is packed with top running backs, and the Longhorns are looking to take as many as three, with one of those three being an all-purpose, or speed guy who could do a lot of different things. Stevenson certainly fits that mold.
Stevenson is ranked No. 16 in the current LonghornDigest.com 2015 Texas Top 50, and he's rated as a four-star prospect and the No. 26 running back in the nation by Scout.com. He gives the Longhorns nine commitments in the Class of 2015.